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In 1951 the young June Goulding took up a position as a midwife in a home run by nuns in Bessboro, County Cork.
What she witnessed there was to haunt her for the next fifty years. It was a place of imprisonment and cruelty where women picked grass by hand and tarred roads while heavily pregnant; where they were denied contact with the outside world, denied basic medical treatment, and abused for their “sins”; and where, worst of all, they were expected to raise their babies for three years, then give them up for sale to adoptive parents overseas.
This highly readable memoir tells their story, a story of the power of kindness and hope, and of the difference one young woman can make to a great many lives.
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